ABSOLUTELY BEAUTIFUL YOUNG WOMAN IN BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS

I do not think it is an exaggeration to state that the young woman seen in this cabinet card portrait, is exquisitely beautiful. She is well dressed and well coiffed. She has lace at her collar and at the bottom of her sleeves. Her hair was meticulously prepared for this portrait. She is wearing star earrings and a ring. She is holding a folded fan decorated with feathers. John L. McCormick and his partner Sumner B. Heald (1835-1900) operated the Boston studio that produced this excellent portrait. Both McCormick and Heald are no strangers to the Cabinet Card Gallery. The two photographers have a number of photographs in the gallery that can be accessed by placing their last name in the site’s search box. Take a look at their work and learn a little bit more about McCormick and Heald. Interestingly, Heald supervised the portrait studio operated by famed Boston photographer, George K. Warren (1824-1884). Warren also has a large presence in the Cabinet Card Gallery. Heald oversaw the celebrity and theatrical portraits produced by the Warren Studio.

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HANDSOME FLY FISHERMAN IN BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS

Boston was known for a lot of things at the turn of the century, but fly fishing was probably not one of those things. Fly fishing on the Thames River wasn’t  likely a destination vacation. This photograph features a handsome gentleman who appears dressed for an adventure. He is wearing a hat with fishing lures hooked into it. He is also wearing a tie, tucked into his shirt. The gentleman was photographed by McCormick, who had a studio located in Boston, Massachusetts. The Boston Directory (1873) lists a John L. McCormick who operated as a photographer in Boston. The 1880 United States Census finds McCormick (age 32)living in Boston and married to Elizabeth McCormick (age 26). He is listed as a photographer. The 1900 census does not list his occupation but reports that the couple were living with their five children and an eighteen year-old female servant (nanny?). The 1910 census includes McCormick, but once again, does not list his occupation.

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DISORGANIZED SANTA CLAUS AND A PILE OF TOYS IN BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS (1880)

Santa Claus poses for this studio photograph by McCormick & Heald of Boston, Massachusetts. The studio was located on the appropriately named, Winter Street (#22). Santa has long whiskers, long hair and a lengthy beard. He is in the midst of a disorganized collection of toys. It appears as if Santa’s  sled came in for a rough landing and spilled out much of its contents. Cabinet Card photographs of Santa are quite unusual. Information printed on the reverse of this photograph reveals that the image was produced for Christmas, 1880. To view other photographs by McCormick, click on the category “Photographer: McCormick”.

Published in: on September 2, 2010 at 12:01 am  Leave a Comment  
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BLANCH HOWARD: A PRECOCIOUS TEN YEAR OLD IN BOSTON (1887)

Ten year-old Blanch Howard poses for this cabinet card photograph by McCormick of Boston, Massachusetts. She cofidently stares into the camera and has a look of precociousness. Her name is inked on the reverse of the card and it is spelled Blanch and not Blanche. Blanch is a name of French origin and has a creative spelling. The peak year for the popularity of the name Blanch in America was 1924. To view other photographs by McCormick, click on the category “Photographer: McCormick”.

Published in: on February 17, 2010 at 12:01 am  Leave a Comment  
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